Established in 1936, Vancouver Island University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large town of Nanaimo (population range: 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), British Columbia. This institution has also branch campuses in the following locations: Duncan, Parksville, Powellriver. Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education, British Columbia, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is a large (enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Vancouver Island University (VIU) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as undergraduate certificates/diplomas, associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees in several areas of study. This 80 years old HE institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 60-70% making this Canadian higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. VIU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.